September 3, 2013 - Clinical nurse specialists (CNS) play a unique and important role in ensuring that patients receive high quality care based on the best and most recent research evidence. This crucial role is the focus of the fifth annual National CNS Recognition Week, September 1 – 7. Across the country, hospitals and health care systems are holding a variety of events to increase awareness of the CNS’s role in improving care and reducing health care costs, including presentations to hospital and health system staff, town meetings on health reform, community forums, health fairs and more.
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) established National CNS Recognition Week in 2009 to commemorate the contributions of Hildegard Peplau to nursing and health care. Born September 1, 1909, Dr. Peplau was a prominent nursing theorist whose landmark book, Interpersonal Relations in Nursing, emphasized the nurse-client relationship as the foundation for nursing practice and today serves as the basis of the CNS role in health care.
“The CNS is the linchpin in ensuring high quality patient care and reducing health care costs,” said NACNS President Carol Manchester, MSN, ACNS, BC-ADM, CDE. “Whether providing direct patient care or making improvements in hospitals’ and health care systems’ policies and procedures, these nurses ensure that patient care is evidence-based, high quality and focused on outcomes. As the demand for health care grows, we anticipate that CNSs will be increasingly important players in health care.”
To learn more about the CNS role and how they improve health care and patient outcomes while reducing health care costs, please visit www.nacns.org.
Source: National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS).